Head Start programs support the mental health of children, families, and staff every day.
Early childhood mental health is the same as social and emotional well-being. It is a child’s developing capacity to express and regulate emotions, form trusting relationships, explore, and learn—all in the cultural context of family and community.
The mental health of children and the adults that care for them
is essential for school readiness.
According to NCHBHS, traumatic experiences can come in many different forms and lead to a wide range of responses, especially in early childhood. These kinds of experiences can also have major impacts on children’s brain development, including their physical and emotional health. This might sound scary, but it’s comforting to know that caring adults hold tremendous power in lessening these negative effects. You can help make a difference by teaching coping strategies, supporting resilience, and just being a trusted and caring grown-up in a child’s circle of care. Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) has resources to support you in doing just that.